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Publication ethics guidance for the arts, humanities, and social sciences

COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) and Routledge are researching the publication ethics issues faced by journal editors in the arts, humanities and social sciences. 

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Why do this research?

COPE’s 2016-2018 strategic plan identified a new priority: to increase diversity culturally, geographically, and by discipline.

Although COPE provides guidance that spans all subjects, some resources need enhancement to better support editors in subjects beyond science, technology, engineering and medicine. Journal editors in the arts, humanities and social sciences need new resources which provide tailored support.

So, to better understand the needs of journal editors in these disciplines, COPE is conducting research through an online survey.

About the survey

COPE is partnering with Routledge and Shift Learning, a market research agency, to investigate the publication ethics issues faced by editors in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Through a short online survey, COPE and Routledge want to hear about:

  • Your experiences of publication ethics
  • Where you look to for guidance and support
  • What issues you are dealing with in your role as a journal editor

The feedback gathered through the online survey will shape COPE’s approach to providing new resources for editors in these fields. This includes resources specifically for ethical issues which only occur in these disciplines.

Sharing the findings

The online survey has now closed. You can see an initial view of the survey results at the COPE North American Seminar in Philadelphia on 3rd May 2019.

Routledge and COPE will share the full results and findings later in 2019 – sign up to Insights, our weekly newsletter, to be the first to know.

February 11, 2019

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